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An employee who was replaced by an outside consultant while on medical leave and later discharged recently won nearly $103,000 plus 100% liquidated damages, attorney’s fees and prejudgment interest for violations of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  This is a costly reminder that employers must take care when dealing with employees who […]

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Religious dress and grooming practices became news late last year when popular clothing store Hollister (an Abercrombie & Fitch brand) fired a Muslim employee for wearing a hijab, an Islamic religious headscarf.  Initially, the employee was asked to wear headscarves in Hollister colors which she did.  After several months, a district manager was in the […]

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Employers who offer group health insurance and employ twenty or more employees must allow terminated employees, spouses, and beneficiaries the opportunity to continue their coverage at the group rate.  The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) mandates this and requires employers to provide such notice to employees, spouses, and beneficiaries after a qualifying event, like […]

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Coast to coast, municipalities are gaining notoriety for passing various labor and employment laws (known as ordinances), from the sick leave laws enacted in Jersey City and New York City to the $15 per hour  minimum wage law adopted in Sea-Tac, Washington.  Increasingly, local governments are passing laws which are very different than the existing state or […]

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With Spate of New Laws, HR is Due for a Checkup

Written by Robert G. Brody and Rebecca Goldberg on January 29, 2014

Now that 2014 is here, many new laws are going into effect on the federal, state, and local levels.  Employers must face the challenge of ensuring they recognize new laws exist and ensure compliance.  From minimum wage increases in several states (including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island) to implementation of the Affordable […]

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